Nimoshom and His Bus

Category: Book
Illustrated By: Hibbard, Karen
By (author): Thomas, Penny M.
Subject:  JUVENILE FICTION / Business, Careers, Occupations
  JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / Canada / Native Canadian
  JUVENILE FICTION / Transportation / Cars & Trucks
Publisher: Portage & Main Press
Published: October 2017
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 25
Size: 7.50in x 9.50in x 0.50in
Our Price:
$ 19.95
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Additional Notes

From The Publisher*

Nimoshom loved to drive the school bus. Every day, on the way to and from school, he had something to say. Sometimes, he told the kids silly stories. Sometimes, he taught the kids a new word in Cree.

Nimoshom and His Bus introduces basic Cree words. A glossary is included in the back of the book.

From The Publisher*Nimoshom and His Bus introduces basic Cree words.
Review Quote*"Concise and tender book…A loving portrait of nimoshom as a way to introduce basic Cree vocabulary."
Review Quote*Through accessible language and engaging visual resources, readers are introduced to basic Cree as Nimoshom responds in this language to the children who ride his bus. [...] The illustrator's varying the visuals between full double spreads and single page illustrations keeps the pacing lively. Amidst a rural fall setting, with woodland animals, children, and the school bus, Nimoshom's humorous nature shines through these gentle illustrations. At the end of this story, you just want to give Nimoshom a great big hug!
- Anita Miettunen, CM: Canadian Review of Materials
Review Quote*A simple but endearing glimpse of Cree language and life.- Kirkus Reviews
Review Quote*"In this bilingual book, readers follow a bus driver picking up kids and dropping them off before and after school. Like the students on the bus, readers quickly learn that the driver's native language is Cree, and he often speaks to them in his native language. Readers learn that "Nimoshom" means "my grandfather" and that "Ekosani" means thank you" as the author (of Cree descent herself) weaves Cree words into the text, and each new spread almost feels like a gentle wave: yes, we're subtly learning new words, but it never feels strenuous or forced, rather it's calm and poetic."
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Review Quote*While Penny M. Thomas' story is not a plot-driven allegory or a message-based lesson, Nimoshom and His Bus is a sweet introduction to some simple Cree words in the context of a common-place activity for many children. [...]  Karen Hibbard who uses watercolours and pastels to create a gentle background for Nimoshom's day on his bus gives the story a grassroots mood, highly appropriate for a routine day of activity and interaction for this bus driver and his charges. It's very relatable.

There is much to learn from Nimoshom, whether as a bus student or a reader of the book, and it's all done gracefully, not unlike Nimoshom himself.
- Helen Kubiw, ..
Review Quote*"All children would be fortunate to have Nimoshom as their bus driver! With a gentle understanding of his charges, Nimoshom not only picks up and drops off schoolchildren but imparts love and kind discipline while using his Cree language. A relatable introduction to basic Cree, with lovely watercolors. A word guide at the end summarizes the words used."
- NetGalley review
Review Quote*If you're a regular reader of AICL, you know that we're always delighted by books by Native writers--especially ones set in the present. Books like Nimoshom and His Bus provide Native children with mirrors that non-Native children find in abundance. [...] I highly recommend Nimoshom and His Bus! It'd be a simple thing to use other Native words in addition to--or instead of--the Cree words in the book.
- Debbie Reese, ..
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Hibbard's loose, expressive mixed-media illustrations capture the warm relationship between nimoshom and the children, particularly in one touching spread that shows nimoshom, wearing his signature outfit (plaid shirt, vest, and brown cap), surrounded by youngsters as he tells them stories. It's clear that while the children are on their way to school to learn, their daily ride with nimoshom is an important education in itself.